FDNY BESTS NYPD, 3-0, IN MAYOR’S CUP MATCH

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Red Bulls Reader correspondent Ben Masur covered the Mayor’s Cup match, played this afternoon and filed the folliwng report:

In the first annual FDNY vs. NYPD Mayor’s Cup played at Giants Stadium on Sunday, it was the Fire Department that came out with a 3-0 victory prior to the New York Red Bulls-Columbus Crew match.

The FDNY Bravest scored the game-winning goal early in the first half when Tom Hunt (Ladder 4; Manhattan) slammed in a rebound after a corner kick hit the post.

“It’s something I’ll be able to tell my kids about; it’s very special,” Hunt said. “It’s nice to get the first goal early to settle us down a bit.”

The NYPD Finest had a chance for an equalizer early in the second half when Jose Sura scored on a free kick, but it was called back as the referee hadn’t blown his whistle to signal the start of play.

The FDNY got some breathing room early in the second half when Chris Smith stole the ball and after his pass split a pair of NYPD defensemen, Rob Fucci (Ladder 108; Brooklyn) was left wide open to blast a shot in for the 2-0 lead. With the NYPD pressing to get a goal, they seemed to have gotten themselves back in the game when Jorge Bedoya headed the ball in off of a corner kick. But once again, the goal was called off as this time the referee signaled a foul on a NYPD player inside the box.

The NYPD had another chance to cut the lead when an FDNY player was called for a handball right outside the 18-yard box. On the ensuing free kick, the ball nipped the top of the crossbar and sailed over the goal. The FDNY had a chance to put the game away for good when Tom Fennel was taken down from behind inside the box on a breakaway while trying to dribble around the goalkeeper. Bedoya received a red card for his tackle, putting NYPD a man down, but Iriarte Wayman missed the penalty kick wide left.

Hoping to create something offensively with its new found life, the NYPD pushed a few extra men up on attack. But trying to rush to get the ball forward, the NYPD turned it over on a goal kick as Mike Kozo (Engine 307; Queens) took advantage, stealing the ball and putting it past the goalie for a 3-0 lead. The NYPD had one last chance to find the back of the net late in the game on a penalty kick, but Dave Pulice sent the ball over the goal.

“I’m a little upset that we lost, but it’s the charity event that we were focused on,” said NYPD coach Ronald Mejia, whose club will travel next to Canada to defend its title in the North American Police Soccer Tournament. “The Red Bulls were real good to us and the guys were all happy we could play on this field. Again, I would like to thank the Red Bulls.”

The FDNY head coach Joe Brosi was also appreciative of New York’s professional soccer club.

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Andy Martin/Getty/RBNY

“We haven’t had a game against the NYPD in about two years because we’ve had trouble getting a host and a facility, but the Red Bulls really came through here,” Brosi said. “Hopefully, this will be the start of a yearly game we can get on the calendar.”

More than just the bragging rights, the teams played for a good cause. A portion of every ticket sold to the match goes to support the NYC PBA Widow’s and Children’s Fund and The FF Sergio Villanueva Soccer Foundation.

“The game is for a very good charity and that is the most important thing,” Hunt said. “Hopefully, well be able to play here again and spread the word about this game. It’s an important thing and it’s fun to take part in.”

“We have a tremendous relationship with the Police Department and off the field, we both do a very dangerous job, so the important thing is that we keep that in mind and this is really an opportunity to have some fun,” Brosi said. “But the most important thing is that we are both playing for charity.”

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